By JOANNA LOVE
On August 14, more than 250 primary and intermediate school students, representing six schools, took part in the 2018 NZCF Kids' Sing (TKS) Festival, held at Te Tihi Performing Arts Centre, Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School.
Two Whanganui schools attended the festival.
Whanganui Intermediate School Special Choir, directed by Roz Armstrong, gained the gold award for their performance of Weather With You, by Crowded House, complete with umbrellas as props, the gospel song I Shall Wear A Crown and the traditional prayer He Honore. They also won two regional awards for Best Performance of a New Zealand Work and Best Stage Presentation.
St George's Chapel Choir, conducted by Sam Michau, accompanied by Liz Newton, gained a bronze award for their medley This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman), Ko Au Te Awa, Ko Te Awa Ko Au, an original composition by Liz Newton, the South African hymn Siyahamba and Summer in the City.
The adjudicator for the festival was Shona Murray, QSM, of Tawa, an acknowledged leader in choral music for all ages. Shona led the choir warm-ups and massed festival song during the day. She also critiqued each choir via a written report, which choirs were able to take away with them on the day.
The New Zealand Choral Federation (NZCF) Manawatu-Whanganui TKS committee is particularly grateful to the Margaret Watt Trust for a financial grant which was distributed between out of town schools attending the festival in Palmerston North.